COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Phenomenal sales and rave reviews have established Playmates Toys' Amazing Amanda doll as a must have staple on this season's Top 10 toy wish lists. Demand for this breakthrough doll continues to grow and Amanda has received yet another honor: the Toy Industry Association's (TIA) nomination for Girl Toy of the Year. The sixth annual Toy of the Year Awards is overseen by TIA's nominations committee, made up of toy journalists, toy inventors, TIA board members and major retailers. Winners will be announced during the 2006 Toy Fair on February 11 in New York City. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051212/LAM013) Called "a marvel of digital technology" and "an evolutionary leap from earlier talking dolls" by the New York Times and "the best toy ever" by Newsday's kid reviewer, Amazing Amanda is the first and only real-to-life large doll that recreates the unique emotional interaction between a 'mother' and a 'child.' Amazing Amanda engages in two-way communication, expresses emotions, and engages in games and real conversation, taking nurturing play to an entirely new level. Playmates Toys' use of breakthrough voice response technology and realistic facial animatronics has set new play standards in the doll business. Amazing Amanda responds to key words and phrases with lifelike facial expressions and real emotions. With her own internal clock, she knows what day and time it is and can wake her 'Mommy' up at the appropriate time every morning. She even knows what time of year it is, and asks her 'Mommy' about upcoming holidays including Mother's Day and Christmas. Packaged complete with her own accessories, Amanda recognizes and responds to her outfits; her toothbrush; food and beverages such as juice in a juice box, a piece of pizza, or a cookie; and even her own potty. Amazing Amanda is ideal for children ages 5 and up, and is available now for the suggested retail price of $99.99. The Amazing Brand Playmates Toys' revolutionized the doll category in 1998 with the debut of Amazing Amy, the world's first truly interactive large doll. Buoyed by the doll's tremendous success, the Amazing brand ultimately went on to dominate the large doll category for four consecutive years, generating over $200 million in retail sales worldwide. Using cutting edge interactive technology, the Amazing brand continues to grow and expand today with exciting new features and personalities. About Playmates Toys Inc. With 40 years of experience, Playmates Toys, Inc., is among the most well respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry. Playmates has a proven history in the creation of profitable, long-term brand franchises. Among the company's best-known proprietary brands are the unique water-filled "Water Babies(R)" dolls that have sold more than 15 million units and the "Amazing" brand of interactive dolls and plush toys. Core licensed character and entertainment brands include Disney(R) Princesses and classic characters, Universal Studios'/Peter Jackson's King Kong, DIC's "Strawberry Shortcake," and Mirage Studios' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." From its offices in Hong Kong, China and the United States, Playmates designs, develops, markets and distributes its products in over sixty countries worldwide. Playmates Toys, Inc., is a division of Playmates Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong-based company whose stock is traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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